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Harmless Like You
Harmless Like You | Rowan Hisayo Buchanan
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'This brilliant debut novel by Rowan Hisayo Buchanan is cause for celebration.' LORRIE MOOREWritten in startlingly beautiful prose, HARMLESS LIKE YOU is set across New York, Berlin and Connecticut, following the stories of Yuki Oyama, a Japanese girl fighting to make it as an artist, and Yuki's son Jay who, as an adult in the present day, is forced to confront his mother who abandoned him when he was only two years old.HARMLESS LIKE YOU is an unforgettable novel about the complexities of identity, art, adolescent friendships and familial bonds, offering a unique exploration of love, loneliness and reconciliation.
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erzascarletbookgasm
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#readingresolutions #bookishmountain
Running out of shelf space, the floor is just as good. 😬

RachelO Oh! I've got Harmless Like You on the kindle. It might be time to see what else is lurking forgotten on there. 2y
tammysue I‘m needing shelves too! 😔 2y
batsy Oh yes. "Don't underestimate the floor" say booklovers everywhere ? 2y
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saresmoore Bookcases aren‘t cheap! I have a room full of books on the floor. 😬 My paperbacks told me they were fine on the floor, but those snobbish Folios gave me the side-eye. 2y
Billypar @saresmoore Oh those uppity folios- if they're not sitting on mahogany, they start whining 😂 2y
Crazeedi I have stacks like this too! 2y
erzascarletbookgasm @saresmoore @Billypar 😂🤣You two make me chuckle! 2y
Mdargusch Looks like it‘s meant to be 👍🏼 2y
Cinfhen Happiness 🤩🤩🤩🤩 2y
Parvez 😍😍😍😍 2y
emilyhaldi Totally 🙌🏻 2y
Zelma Some amazing titles in there. I just read A Spool of Blue Thread and loved it. 2y
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Mitch
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The library that I‘m staying in for the weekend runs a writer in residence programme. Part of this book was written here when the author was in residency! So brought my copy back to its birthplace ! #onlyafellowbooknerdwouldunderstand

robinb That‘s really neat! 😊 2y
TrishB Cool 👍🏻 2y
kspenmoll Wonderful! 2y
RaimeyGallant Cool! 2y
Mitch I‘m wondering if I‘m sat at the actual ‘desk‘ it was written at. There are only a few here, so the probability is good! 2y
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Tonton
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So much to think about: identity and choice, marriage,and dreams, the passion to create art. Got me thinking about my mother, her struggle to balance motherhood and art; what if she had made different choices?

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RachelO
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https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/05/18/the-library-of-books-and-bombs/

When the Harmless Like You was about to be published, the author was freaking out a little (paraphrasing slightly)! So she did what we all do in these situations- took herself off to the library. The linked article tells how she became curious by the library's history as an asylum, and threw herself into researching it. #MrAsylum #TuneintoNovember @Robothugs @Cinfhen

RachelO Also, the books Q9.99 on UK Kindle, if you need to know (which I did...) 2y
Cinfhen Fascinating article~ thanks for posting and sharing ❤️ 2y
mhillis Interesting! 2y
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andrew61
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What a unique story of a young womans sense of displacement im a rapidly changing society. Born an only child a Japanese family located in new York in the 1960's Yuki falls under the spell of fascinating odile the school outsider. What follows is the story of her life which proves to be hypnotic yet very sad. A bk i enjoyed, is very readable yet will stay with me for a while.A string of photos from my lbrary will follow on returning my latest rds

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I've got a day off today and plan to catch up on my posts on litsy but am already distracted by rugby on tv at 11 o'clock in the morning. This has been the theme of the last couple of weeks when i had a bit of a reading slump due to a busy time of work so ended up binge watching wolf hall which id had stored for 2 years. Anyway hopefully ill catch up a bit now.

Cathythoughts Rugby season is upon us 👍🏉 2y
Michelle_mck Go the Kangaroos! 2y
andrew61 @Michelle_mck 😀 a good game, hopefully result will be reversed in the final. 2y
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DrexEdit Oh but wolf hall is so wonderful, book or TV! 😊 2y
andrew61 Tv, although it made me want to reread the books in anticipation of the new book whenever that appears 2y
saresmoore I know next to nothing about rugby, but the book and viewing selections strike me as being a bit incongruous! 2y
Leftcoastzen Ah rugby, played by men with amazing thighs!😀 2y
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jenniferheidi
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I absolutely loved this book; it just aches with sadness and loneliness. As vivid as the colours that are described at the beginning of each chapter, Yuki is such a compelling character. I could have read about her for many, many more pages.

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Absolutely loved this book - was hard to put down (even when it made me cry in public!). Really felt a connection with the characters and an understanding of their thoughts and feelings as they're trying to find themselves. Highly recommended!

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Been reading a lot of non fiction recently so looking forward to getting into a good novel! Not heard of the author before but book sounds really interesting - exploring identity, art, love, families to name a few things the book's about #busreads

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saresmoore "The power of moonlight is famous" rings especially true after having just finished The Master and Margarita! 2y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore did you like it? 2y
saresmoore I LOVED it. I've no idea how to review it, though. Still marinating. 2y
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Moray_Reads @saresmoore oh, I can't say how pleased I am! It's such a masterpiece and it makes me feel EVERYTHING ❤ 2y
saresmoore I didn't anticipate how moving it would be! Absurd, yes. Observant, of course! But it is rich with so much more. Especially the parts with Pilate, a character I've always sympathized with. Yes, like I said, still marinating. 2y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore I love the way he deals with Pilate, it's so nuanced and human and revealing and the conversation between Woland and Matthew Levi is so powerful. Bulgakov's whole soul is in it 2y
saresmoore Yes! And I'm so glad I read Manuscripts Don't Burn first. I read with a much deeper understanding, I think, and it made every chapter poignant. It's his magnum opus! 2y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore you're making me a little sad that I've already done my annual re-read! 2y
Moray_Reads @saresmoore PS I hope your girls enjoyed their first day at school 😘 2y
saresmoore They really did enjoy it. It's the beginning of a new era! Oh and I keep meaning to ask, how are you liking the actual tagged book? 2y
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Alena
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I fell head over heart for the beautiful ache of this novel. Difficult subjects and not much plot line, but the emotional truths and the intense beauty of the writing spoke to my soul. Loved it.

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BookishRedhead
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Next up in the TBR. Picking up after The Dark Prophecy.

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shawnmooney
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An essay in the latest Paris Review by this novelist whose debut novel Harmless Like You has left a marvelous aftertaste.

https://www.theparisreview.org/blog/2017/05/18/the-library-of-books-and-bombs/

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sisilia
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Hmmmm 🤔

Hooked_on_books There's a variation on this used in surgery training: better (or perfect) is the enemy of good. Makes a lot of sense to me! 3y
sisilia @Hooked_on_books That's interesting! 3y
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sisilia
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I heard that this is a good one

BooksForEmpathy I really liked it. 3y
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sumaiyya.books
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What a satisfying book to read ❤️ I found myself stopping regularly to savor the writing. The lead protagonist struggles with trying to become an artist in 60s America; Asian artists are mostly overlooked. It was so striking to see how that results in her depression and hacks away at her relationships. I have some issues with the book, but overall this was an amazing debut that I loved reading, especially for the multiracial aspects.

bookandcat Ooh I'll have to look this one up, sounds great. Check out Chemistry - it also is beautifully written and has a Asian American woman protagonist who is struggling with depression. The book delves into the relationships around her and how they impact or are impacted by her depression. It's focused on the field of chemistry, not art. 3y
shawnmooney I loved this one deeply too, while having some minor issues with it as well. Shall we compare issues? :) 3y
sumaiyya.books @shawnmooney yes please! Would love to know what you thought. 3y
sumaiyya.books @bookandcat I absolutely loved Chemistry 😍 3y
bookandcat @sumaiyya.books yaaaaay!!! I just saw they made it a BotM selection for June so I hope even more folks will read and enjoy! 3y
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shawnmooney
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A powerful debut, the story of Yuki, an aspiring artist, a teenager in late-60s NYC without her Japanese parents. She struggles to make art and relationships; decades later, her abandoned son tracks her down in Germany. The earlier narrative was spellbinding: Yuki vividly, lovingly alive on the page; the adult son's character, however, never rang true, rendering that third of the tale less compelling. I loved Yuki; loved most of this novel a lot!

LeahBergen Nice review! 3y
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Lacythebookworm Oh dear 😳 3y
sprainedbrain Haha! 😂 3y
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ErickaS_Flyleafunfurled Duck!! 😂 (edited) 3y
CouronneDhiver Run! 🏃🏽 3y
LeahBergen 😬 3y
Hooked_on_books I just spit on my phone. 😂🤣 3y
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Simona Quotes are intriguing ... but I'll wait for your final judgment. 3y
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coffeenebula 🐦💩=😂 3y
Hooked_on_books That would be my BF shouting from the back row. 🙄 3y
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Lindy Eeep. 😳 3y
LeahBergen Barf 🤢 3y
DrexEdit Vivid! 😂😨 but Yuck. 3y
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julesG What? 3y
Lindy Ha ha ha! 3y
saresmoore "Part of my brain was always trying to figure out..." Normal. 3y
LeahBergen Pretty much. 3y
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Redwritinghood
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#bookmail Here's the rest of the day's book mail. I can't believe they all came on the same day!

LeahBergen Nice!! 😍 3y
TrishB I love it when that happens 😀 3y
saresmoore What a great stack! 3y
Hobbinol I love it when that happens! 3y
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RealLifeReading Lovely quote! 3y
LeahBergen Have your hands forgotten the western "casual lean" after all your years in Japan? ? 3y
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saresmoore Whoa. 3y
ValerieAndBooks All the quotes you've shared have been amazing, adding this to my TBR! 3y
shawnmooney @saresmoore @ValerieAndBooks i'm now well over halfway through, so I can confidently say it's an astonishing debut! 💖 3y
saresmoore I really can't believe it's a debut! Amazing! 3y
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Redwritinghood I ordered this book from Book Depository and am anxiously awaiting its arrival. All your quotes are making me look forward to reading it. 3y
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saresmoore I love this, not only because I remember when my Elliott was an inarticulate pink flesh-sack. 3y
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Cinfhen 😊❤️ 3y
reneelyons I'm reading the this now! 3y
saresmoore Ahahaha! Yes! This makes me wonder what happens when women are variables. Do they add, subtract, or bring exponents or fractions to the equation? Or do women get a number sentence all of their own? 🙃 3y
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The last chapters made the build up worth it for me. This is a mother/son tale; one that is gutting and might bring feelings of disgust or anger. If you liked The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri (I LOVED it), pick this one up. Explorations of belonging, what it means to be an artist, motherhood, abuse, & abandonment are all at play here.

There's also a cat/human relationship that is so nuanced and tender that it made me want to become a cat person.

Cinfhen Nice review 😊 3y
Notafraidofwords What, you sold me. I loved The Lowland! 3y
shawnmooney I'm reading it very slowly, savoring every page. I cannot believe this is a debut novel! 3y
sisilia Oh I want to read this. Jhumpa Lahiri is my fav author; I've read all her books and love all of them. If this is comparable to Lahiri, there's high chance that I'll love this @shawnmooney @BooksForEmpathy 3y
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Sunday 📚

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An extraordinary passage, even though, if you haven't read the entire novel up to this point, you won't catch the resonance of L's strange gift. The writing is just blowing me away! 💜

saresmoore This one is stealthily climbing to the top of my TBR. 3y
shawnmooney @saresmoore This month has been a perfect example of why I keep bailing on books I'm not enjoying: I'm now, this month, again, left with a bevy of incredible ones because I cleared my plate for them… 💜 3y
saresmoore It is such a good strategy and one that I've always employed (much to the chagrin of many of my professors). I only wish there was a DNF category on Goodreads so it didn't fudge with my reading stats! 3y
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saresmoore YES! 3y
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Rhondareads
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I've been reading rave reviews about this debut novel

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saresmoore Photo-quote game is on point with this one! 3y
shawnmooney @saresmoore 😍😘❤ 3y
Cinfhen Agreed @saresmoore 👍🏻 3y
Soubhiville Yes, powerful combo! 3y
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saresmoore Oof. This book! I think I'm going to like it a lot. 3y
shawnmooney @saresmoore I'd almost bet money that you will! 3y
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saresmoore That is painfully vivid, just what the subject warrants—description enhances rather than diminishes—and I can feel it all, even her numbness, without a trace of sentimentality. Good grief. "Things that took a minute..." 3y
shawnmooney @saresmoore The self-assured, visceral power of the prose so far is absolutely mind-blowing! 3y
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What do you mean you haven't read the Reading Women blog? We regularly post show notes with links to the books we discussed during the podcast, bios of the featured writers, and special author interviews. Recently, Rowan Hisayo Buchanan talked to use about her book HARMLESS LIKE YOU. Take a look: https://www.readingwomenpodcast.com/reading-women/2017/2/28/reading-women-interv...

shawnmooney I can't wait to listen to this - just started reading it, am blown away so far, and will listen just as soon as I've finished! 3y
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LeahBergen This author was at WordFest LAST year. 😀 3y
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saresmoore Ugh! This image is perfect. 😣 3y
shawnmooney @saresmoore Thank you! I will never reveal how ridiculously long it took to select the best one! :-) 3y
saresmoore Here on Litsy, we live under the illusion of real-time timelessness. Like a great feast, the amount of preparation is exponentially disproportionate to the time spent consuming it. 🙃 3y
Suet624 😁😁@shawnmooney @saresmoore you too are ridiculously cute. 3y
LeahBergen Blergh! 😂 3y
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Jeepers – how am I supposed to sleep after reading this?

saresmoore Wow. I would say sleep is overrated, but it's not. 3y
Suet624 The residue of Connecticut. The name of a new cologne perhaps... 3y
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